Idea #91 from the EYE2018 Report
In order to create truly sustainable cities, the EU should support municipalities in developing a new kind of approach that meets the needs of all generations, from children and adolescents, to adults and the elderly, using a smart and efficient public transport, based on emission-free solutions, and sharing such as enhanced bicycles and car-sharing. Furthermore, benefits or subsidies could be used to create large pedestrian areas and more bicycle lanes, including better infrastructure to park bikes safely, and creating more traffic-free zones. Thirdly, the price of public transport should be affordable to everyone. For instance, the EU could support a unified ticket system for public transport in big cities, with apps that provide real-time schedules and flexible routes on demand. Today, more than two-thirds of Europeans live in towns and cities, according to the European Commission. The problems within these cities concern limited space, traffic, pollution and a lack of green areas. The above proposals aim to make public transport more attractive.
1. Why and how would this idea benefit young people?
2. Which groups in society would be impacted by this idea, and how can their different interests be accommodated?
3. What would be the practical steps to implement this idea in your town, your region, your country and/or at the level of the EU?